Environment

Forward on Climate Rally

Event: 
Sun, 02/17/2013 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

From today's inbox:

This Sunday, 2/17, thousands of Americans are gathering in Washington, D.C. to have the Forward on Climate rally be the largest climate rally in history. This Sunday will show the president how large the climate movement has grown, and how this is an incredibly urgent issue.

[If you're not planning to fly to D.C. for this event  - definitely a counter-productive idea - there is a local rally at Heritage Park the same day, 3 PM, Sunday February 17th. There's one in Seattle, too.]

Other suggestions from the national event's organizers:

1. Recruit for the DC event from afar: Let your friends and family in the Mid-Atlantic/DC metro area know about the rally and ask them to attend.

2. Speak out from your comfort of your kitchen:  If you’re pinned to the house for various reasons, host a waffle breakfast this weekend and write to President Obama to ask him to stop waffling on the Keystone XL pipeline (have the link open on a computer and everyone can easily sign on).

3. Engage on social media:  Take a picture of your waffle breakfast with signs that say @BarackObama #nowaffle #noKXL #ForwardOnClimate and post on Facebook to spread the word.  If you’re on Twitter, you can also spread the word in advance and the day-of by using the hashtag #ForwardOnClimate.

Community Update: Climate Change & Sea-Level Rise

Event: 
Mon, 02/04/2013 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Beyond Landscaping: Marine & Riparian Revegetation

Event: 
Thu, 02/21/2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

This free workshop is especially geared to those who live along a stream, lake or Puget Sound, but will be useful to anyone planning to restore sections of their property, including wetland buffers, degraded forests, unused pastures, and any kind of shoreline. 

 

Part I: Thursday, February 21, 6pm - 9pm: Classroom session to provide background info and resources to help you create a plan.

Part II: Saturday, March 2, 10am - 2pm: Return for hands-on field component and plan review.

 

To register, visit www.streamteam.info or call (360) 867-2166 for questions.

 

 

Native Plant Salvage Foundation Annual Dinner

Event: 
Fri, 02/08/2013 - 5:15pm - 9:00pm

Native Plant Salvage to Feature Earth Economics Speaker on Feb 8

The Native Plant Salvage Foundation is hosting its annual dinner and volunteer recognition event on Friday, February 8, from 5:15 to 9 p.m. in Olympia.  An organic meal prepared by professional Chef Bill Lepman will be followed by a presentation on "Valuing Natural Capital: A New Approach to Protect & Conserve Healthy Ecosystems" by Lola Flores of Earth Economics.

In addition, the evening will feature live music from the band Bevy and special recognition of volunteers and the group's Partners of the Year.

The cost of the dinner is by donation, with different levels suggested. Reservations can be made online at www.nativeplantsalvage.org or by phone at (360) 867-2166.

 

"The Gulf Oil Spill, Fossil Fuels & Climate Activism"

Event: 
Fri, 02/01/2013 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm

From today's inbox:

THE GULF OIL SPILL, FOSSIL FUELS & CLIMATE ACTIVISM
Friday, Feb. 1, 2013
12-2 pm, Sem 2 C-1107
The Evergreen State College

Seth Ballhorn to speak about Coal-Free PSE next Tuesday

Event: 
Tue, 01/22/2013 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Many people have been unaware that PSE is major polluter. That's because PSE has made great effort to brand itself as a green company. The reality, however, is that 55% of their salable electricity is derived from fossil fuels, with a full 33% coming from coal, much of it from one of the dirtiest coal burning power plants in the West, the Colstrip burner of Montana. We are fortunate to have people working hard on this issue, to get PSE off of coal. Learn more about the campaign to get PSE off of coal, next Tuesday. More information:

Puget Sound Energy (PSE) is the dirtiest electric utility in the region because it produces about one-third of its electricity by burning coal. Coal is destroying our climate. The Sierra Club has been organizing a campaign to pressure PSE to stop using coal to produce electricity.

Seth Ballhorn, who is very knowledgeable about this, will speak in Olympia on TUESDAY JANUARY 22. This will be part of the Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation’s “Confronting the Climate Crisis” organizing meeting at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia Street NW, downtown. Seth will speak during part of the time. The rest of the time will be the regular meeting of this climate organizing meeting.

See the report below from last August 7, 2012:
Thousands Demand a Coal-Free Future for Washington State


Officials at Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) corporate headquarters in Washington had a lot to think about last week when clean-energy and public health advocates delivered 8,000 signatures to PSE's CEO demanding that the utility move beyond coal.

"Washingtonians know that dirty coal is not who we are, and it's certainly not where we want to go," said Seth Ballhorn, a Sierra Club organizer.

Naturescaping for Water & Wildlife

Event: 
Tue, 02/05/2013 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Interested in sustainable landscaping practices that can result in reduced maintenance chores, including watering and mowing, while also attracting birds and butterflies? Join Stream Team and WSU’s Native Plant Salvage Project for their popular "Naturescaping" workshop on Tuesday, February 5th  from 6-9 p.m. at the LOTT WET Center, Olympia. In part 1, you'll get the overview you need to put together a draft landscape plan. If you participate in the optional part 2, you'll return on March 14 from 6-9 p.m. to have your personal draft plan reviewed by experts.

 

To register go to www.streamteam.info and click on “calendar.” For more information contact WSU Native Plant Salvage Project at nativeplantsalvage@gmail.com or 360-867-2166.

 

Charles Komanoff Calls for a Carbon Tax

Event: 
Wed, 02/13/2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Charles Komanoff, Director of the Carbon Tax Center in Washington, DC, will explain the need for a nationwide carbon tax at Traditions Fair Trade Café, 300 5th Avenue SW, on Wednesday, February 13, at 6 PM.  Mr. Komanoff will be more than life-size as he will appear, and answer audience questions, via Skype.  Free event; all are welcome.

The Carbon Tax Center is the pre-eminent source of information on this tax, which has reportedly moved from preposterous to essential with no steps in between.  

Mr. Komanoff will answer vital questions such as whether such a tax would be a hardship to ordinary Americans; and whether people would actually cut emissions in response, or simply decide to pay the extra.  He can tell us whether any other scheme is likely to bring about the changes we want.  

As we confront hurricanes, droughts and floods – tangible evidence of climate chaos, happening right now – we need the answers to these questions.  

The event is sponsored by the Green Party of South Puget Sound, an organization with a long record of concern for environmental and economic health.  

Contact: Janet Jordan, 360-232-6165

Science Café - "Puget Sound Prairies and the Endangered Species Act"

Event: 
Tue, 01/08/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

From today's inbox:

Science Café will meet in January at ORCA BOOKS.

"Puget Sound Prairies and the Endangered Species Act"
Jodi Bush and Theodore B. Thomas
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Lacey, Washington).
7:00 pm, Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Orca Books, 509 East 4th Avenue, Olympia (Phone 360.352.0123)


The grasslands and prairies of Puget Sound stretch from coastal southern British Columbia through Washington south into the Willamette Valley of Oregon. This presentation will focus on two species recently proposed to be listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that are native residents of the prairie-oak ecosystem of South Puget Sound, specifically in Pierce and Thurston Counties.

Although the prairie-oak ecosystem covers a small amount of land area (approximately 4 percent), more than three-quarters of the human population reside in the same area of the states and province where the prairies are found. The challenge of conserving species in areas of dense human settlement is compounded by the need for commercial and residential development, the threats of invasion onto prairies by woody vegetation, the spread of invasive, nonnative organisms (plants and animals), and changes in the climate.

Winter Twig Field Identification

Event: 
Sun, 01/27/2013 - 10:00am - 3:30pm

Add a new dimension to your winter outings when you join local plant experts to learn the secrets to identifying local shrubs and trees without their leaves. The Native Plant Salvage Foundation is offering “Winter Twig Identification,” a 2.5-hour field class held on Sunday, January 27. Choose either a morning class from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or an afternoon session from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

These "walking workshops" will take place on a West Olympia-area nature trail. Small groups of learners will be matched with knowledgeable instructors to learn the keys to identify over 25 native plants. The skill is useful for gardeners and anyone who enjoys spending time outdoors throughout the year.

The workshop fee is $5 per person,  which can be paid upon arrival. Participants will be given a free handout and an opportunity to purchase a detailed winter twig identification book. The nature trail requires that vehicles display the Discover Pass, or participants can offer volunteer service at the trail in exchange for parking during the class.

Advanced registration is required  at www.nativeplantsalvage.org so that participants can receive full details and directions.

 

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